Jesus is waiting.
We pray to God, “Save the lost! They are going to hell.” Jesus says to us: “Go and find the lost and make friends for My Kingdom.”
We ask God to grow our church.
Jesus says to us: “Go out and pray for the sick, HEAL THE SICK, RAISE THE DEAD.”
We are waiting for Jesus to heal.
Mark 16:15-18 (ESV)
…“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
God’s plan works like this. If we will do what He says, He will do what He promised. If we pray in the Holy Spirit with a sincere heart, He will build up our faith.
I have a Christian Arab friend who was once a Muslim. He fearlessly shared the message of Jesus with many Muslims until one day an Arab student gave him an Arab meal.
A week later the student saw him again and was astonished my friend was not dead. The food was full of strong poison. God promised to protect his believing servants from poison.
The man who tried to kill him became a believer and a follower of Jesus.
If we lay hands on the sick with a heart of obedience and trust in the words of Jesus, we will start to see the results that He promised.
The other day at church, someone said: “The people here are not ready for healings and miracles.”
If we want people to be ready to receive what God has promised, we must boldly declare the promises of God and keep speaking and declaring and praying in faith until faith comes to us through the hearing of our words and our hearers start reaching out and receiving.